Doorly, Gerald - THE VOYAGES OF THE 'MORNING'
Doorly, Gerald. THE VOYAGES OF THE 'MORNING'. London, 1916, John Murray, First U.K. Edition. XX, 224 pp, folding map, frontispiece, 6 pp of music scores, and 21 other illustrations. This is by far the rarest of all the primary accounts from the 'heroic period' of Antarctic exploration. Doorly was Third Officer on Scott's relief ship the Morning in 1902-3 and 1903-4, serving under Capt. William Colbeck, who had sailed with Borchgrevink, and under Second Officer Edward Evans. Colbeck was going to write an account of the voyages but when this didn't happen Doorly undertook the effort around 10 years later. He produced not only a very interesting, pleasant and readable firsthand account but also one of the scarcest books of Antarctic exploration. The book records the discovery of Scott Island and the first landing on Beaufort Island, and personal impressions of the Southern party upon their return. Not in Spence. A very scarce title indeed, and a difficult item to obtain in any condition. Original blue cloth, vignette (penguin and chick) on upper cover. Boards marked with several spots, somewhat scuffed and edges water stained, a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, spine darkened. New endpapers. Provenance with prize label pasted to free endpaper, first prize in naval history exam in 1923 awarded by Otago branch of The Navy League. Navy league emblem in gilt on rear board. Condition VG minus.